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October 10, 2012

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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Corporal Tim Frates, his K–9 partner Joka and 7–year–old vest sponsor Kaylee Wiroll.
(photograph courtesy of Betty Lindblom,
5 Dogs Photography)

Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department K–9 Unit are among the featured officers and K–9s appearing in the 2013 edition of Vested Interest In K–9s’ annual calendar.

Participating in the calendar as representatives of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department K–9 Unit, Corporal Tim Frates and his partner Joka, and Deputy Julie Wilder and her partner Luka joined several other members of Massachusetts law enforcement who came together to lend support to this vital organization.

Vested Interest in K–9s, Inc. (VIK9) is a 501c(3) non–profit fundraising organization dedicated to providing bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement K–9s throughout the United States. Offering the ultimate protection for K–9s, the vests provided by the organization are made in the United States and offer state–of–the–art bullet and stab protection. The cost of a single vest is $1,006 and they carry a warranty of 5 years.

Earlier this year, a vest was presented to Corporal Frates for his partner Joka by 7–year–old Kaylee Wiroll who fundraised for the VIK9 organization during the previous year. Wiroll took up the cause of protecting law enforcement K–9’s after learning about the dangers they face on a frequent basis as front–line operators in searches, apprehensions and other police actions.

Speaking previously about the need to fortify K–9s with protective vests, President of VIK9 Sandy Marcal stated, “These dogs are in the line of fire. They’re on the front lines for our officers and they’re the first ones into potentially dangerous situations. They deserve the same protection that the officers get because they’re protecting the officers and they are protecting us.”

This Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 2pm, Corporal Frates will be appearing with his partner Joka and Kaylee Wiroll at Skipton’s Pet Center at the Red Dog Resort and Spa at 274 Southampton Street in Boston for an autographing event. Those interested in meeting these calendar participants and members of the VIK9 organization are encouraged to come down and visit.

For more information about the event or the VIK9 organization, visit:


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